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#1 dadorfman

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 06:42 PM

I bought a second Astroscan so I could give one to my daughter's family as a starter scope.  It is without eyepieces, which are readily available, and the base, which I haven't seen anywhere.  Someone on SN had commented that a large bowl would also work.  I found an appropriately colored bowl for popcorn at a local Goodwill store with an inner diameter of 8 1/4"  The bowl is glazed, and the Astroscan fits and moves easily.  I am not sure it even needs felt pads.  The bowl is about the same weight as the original base, so the setup should be stable.  I plan to give my daughter my old base and use the red-hot popcorn base on my adjustable height table with the milk crate base.  The potential downside is that the original base can be attached to a tripod, but that worked poorly on my lightweight camera tripod anyway. 

 
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Posted 26 February 2021 - 06:30 PM

my diy astroscan :

a SW Heritage 100 mm / f 4, in an aluminium bowl  of an old lamp109 (950x713).jpg


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 06:53 PM

Great minds think alike.  I had also considering going to a pet store and checking out a water bowl with a wide base.


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 06:46 AM

 

I bought a second Astroscan so I could give one to my daughter's family as a starter scope.  It is without eyepieces, which are readily available, and the base, which I haven't seen anywhere.  Someone on SN had commented that a large bowl would also work.  I found an appropriately colored bowl for popcorn at a local Goodwill store with an inner diameter of 8 1/4"  The bowl is glazed, and the Astroscan fits and moves easily.  I am not sure it even needs felt pads.  The bowl is about the same weight as the original base, so the setup should be stable.  I plan to give my daughter my old base and use the red-hot popcorn base on my adjustable height table with the milk crate base.  The potential downside is that the original base can be attached to a tripod, but that worked poorly on my lightweight camera tripod anyway. 

 

 

 

Second hand store have all kinds of stuff for DIY scope project, and yup, sometime color coordinated too. : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

my diy astroscan :

a SW Heritage 100 mm / f 4, in an aluminium bowl  of an old lampattachicon.gif109 (950x713).jpg

 

Very cool. : )

I like the tripod leg extensions too, so the scope can be at your right height.


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Posted 28 February 2021 - 10:56 AM

Where did everyone find this wonderful scope?

 

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Posted 28 February 2021 - 05:51 PM

Where did everyone find this wonderful scope?

 

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Hiding in plain sight.  I first learned about it through the Edmund Scientific catalog.  It was designed to be rugged, provide a wide field of view, affordable, and not be a piece of junk.  It is not the latest and greatest, and has its limitations.  Good travel scope.  I bought mine locally when I lived in California in the 90's.  Buying locally, you can inspect before buying.  I just bought one for my daughter's family's first scope from www.shopgoodwill.com, which has auctioned off 7 of them in the last 90 days, all without any guarantee.  They also show up on ebay and Craigslist.



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Posted 28 February 2021 - 10:13 PM

I decided the scope moved too easily on the glazed rim of the bowl.  I added adhesive-backed felt around the inside of the rim.  Now I have to wait for the weather and the moon to cooperate.



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Posted 01 March 2021 - 11:51 AM

Hiding in plain sight.  I first learned about it through the Edmund Scientific catalog.  It was designed to be rugged, provide a wide field of view, affordable, and not be a piece of junk.  It is not the latest and greatest, and has its limitations.  Good travel scope.  I bought mine locally when I lived in California in the 90's.  Buying locally, you can inspect before buying.  I just bought one for my daughter's family's first scope from www.shopgoodwill.com, which has auctioned off 7 of them in the last 90 days, all without any guarantee.  They also show up on ebay and Craigslist.

I am a docent at the American Museum of Natural History (looking forward to resuming live tours) and used this scope extensively to help visitors understand telescopes and how they enhance one's views. Unfortunately, some interns mishandled it and it became damaged. I can truly attest to what a bargain for the quality of this scope is and how easy it is to use.

 

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 02:55 PM

That's a great idea! Here is another idea.  I purchased an old Majestic tripod for $25 and constructed a small platform  to mount my Astroscan. The platform is made from pine board. The Astroscan has three mounting holes; one at the base and two on either side of the tube. The Astroscan rests on the platform and is attached  using 1/4 x20 screws as shown in the photos. Total cost for the platform including hardware was less that $10.

 

The Majestic tripod is heavy duty and easily supports the Astroscan.

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 10:41 AM

Ted55,

Wish I were so handy with a pine board.  Looks to me like a good project for an entrepeneur with a 3D printer.  Where does one find a Majestic tripod for $25?



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Posted 26 March 2021 - 11:46 AM

I was looking for a heavy duty tripod to support  my 15 x 70 binoculars and found the Majestic tripod locally on Facebook Marketplace. The beam mount I made for my binoculars worked so well I thought the Majestic could handle the weight of my 1970's Astroscan.




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